Witness saw Jub Jub driving
Johannesburg - A group of friends shouted in excitement when
they recognised musician Molema "Jub Jub" Maarohanye behind the wheel
of a Mini Cooper as he drove past in a race with another car, the Protea
Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.
This was the testimony of 18-year-old Portia Masika, a
witness in the murder trial of Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala.
She told the court that she was walking with a group of
friends when two Mini Coopers drag raced past them. She said the group spotted
that one of the vehicle's drivers was "Jub Jub" and started
She said a friend, Ntokozo Mahlangu, took a cellphone video
of the cars as they approached them.
Masika sat rocking in the witness chair as defence attorney
Ike Motloung cross-examined her.
Maarohanye and Tshabalala are also facing charges of
attempted murder, as well as reckless and negligent driving.
This after a Mini Cooper ploughed into a group of schoolchildren
on Mdlalose Drive between Protea North and Protea Glen on March 8 last year.
Four children were killed in the accident and two others were severely injured.
Masika also told the court that she did not see how the
accident happened as she was a distance away from it and only rushed to the
scene after it had happened.
During her evidence, the family members of the children
killed or injured in the accident kept silent or remained calm as opposed to
their usual visible or loud expressions of their agreement or support of
previous witnesses' evidence.
Other witnesses have testified that Maarohanye and
Tshabalala were drag racing when the accident happened.
The trial continues.